Increasingly powerful data centers and rising cost pressures have shifted key areas of automobile development work into virtual reality. However, the very real effects that vehicle functions have on drivers and passengers still need to be tested in this virtual environment. Particularly when it comes to developing assistance systems, which form the technical basis for increasingly automated driving, it is vital to check their driving behavior and how drivers interact with them at a very early stage in their development. But conventional track-tethered driving simulators struggle to create the appropriate scenarios. TU Dresden has developed a highly dynamic driving simulator concept in response to this challenge. The "auto.mobile-driving simulator" project, which it set up together with AMST Systemtechnik GmbH, is on show at the "Forschung für die Zukunft" (Research for the Future) pavilion during HANNOVER MESSE 2017.
The greatly enhanced flexibility of the "auto.mobile-driving simulator" not only replicates vehicle behavior much more realistically, but also revolutionizes the insights that can be gained into the ways driver, vehicle and assistance systems interact. As the "auto.mobile-driving simulator" is freely mobile and can cover a large area, the scope and authenticity of simulations can be scaled to suit requirements. Thanks to the complex chassis and drive system, researchers will be able to simulate longitudinal and lateral acceleration of up to 1G in future.